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Reinfection Poz-to-Poz?
      #27446 - 01/27/02 08:57 PM

January 27, 2002
"Reinfection" with a different strain of hiv from one person who is already hiv positive to another person who is already hiv positive is purely speculative. Is it not true that only a single case had been reported in medical literature (by Dr. Jonathan Angel, Ottawa, Canada) and that this case was later challenged as flawed and withdrawn? If reinfection really occurred between two people who are already hiv positive, wouldn't we have seen it by now? Are not studies of the possibility underway but not yet finished? Dr. Greg Greenwood at Center For AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California at San Francisco and Dr. Robert Grant of Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology) are studying whether reinfection occurs in gay couples.

Dr. Frances Gotch (a vaccine expert) of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom has got a grant from the Wellcome Trust to research reinfection in Uganda.

Until such results are published, shouldn't people refrain from describing reinfection between two positive people as an established fact?


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Re: Reinfection Poz-to-Poz? new
      #27698 - 02/02/02 12:31 AM

One of the main concerns about reinfection is that different strains of the virus exist. So one problem might be getting a drug resistant strain that they didn't have before. Also, it is bad for a hiv+ person to get other STDs. So safer sex is still better.

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